When I first started listening to the FTGN Podcast, I kept getting tripped up on the quote that opens each episode.
How do I know what I think till I see what I say?
But when you stop and think about it, it makes sense.
How do I know what I think… until I see what I say?
We often don’t know what the next word will be that comes out of our mouth, until it shows up.
The same goes for thoughts. They’re in there, swirling.
A recent episode with Susan Cain explored this, especially in the context of writing.
Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking joins the show to discuss her latest book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole. Joe and Susan talk about the power of harnessing our pain and struggles and turning them into creativity, connection, and transcendence.S2,Ep36: Susan Cain-Finding Strength in Pain, FTGN Podcast
Joe and Susan discuss the process of journaling and “expressive writing.” This is where you literally just sit and write, whatever is in there – let it come out.
I’ve been doing variations of this for years. Ten minutes in the morning. Just write.
Often, thoughts and ideas emerge that I wasn’t aware of. Often, these turn into tasks, projects, or activities.
Other times, it’s nothing.
And that’s okay. It’s a practice.
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